Dec. 8, 2006
The No. 25th-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team (9-1) will play at UCF (1-7) Saturday, December 9th at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WNLS AM 1270 in Tallahassee and can be accessed on www.seminoles.com. The Seminoles will then have a much-needed break with a week off (Dec. 11-15) due to final exams. FSU has played its first 10 games in a 25-day period and five of them have been on the road.
“We’re going on the road again but it’s just a one-game trip and it’s in-state,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Again, I think it’s really been healthy for us to be a team that’s going to road tested when we go into conference play.”
The UCF game will be Florida State’s first road game since cracking the Top 25.
“It’s never been our goal to be ranked in the Top 25,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We have goals that are very clear for us. Although it’s nice to have the respect of the coaches, it’s really everybody’s opinion. We’re not going to concentrate on that as much as we are going to concentrate on achieving our goals because it won’t mean anything in March if we were ranked in the Top 25 in December.”
Florida State is 11-2 all-time vs. UCF, including winning the last seven straight meetings. The series dates back to the 1976-77 season when FSU took a 77-63 victory. In the five wins under Sue Semrau’s reign, the Seminoles have averaged 75.2 points per game and have won by an average of 28.4 points per game.
UCF is a member of Conference USA and will be the fourth member of that league that the Seminoles have faced this season. Overall, FSU is 44-46 vs. teams from the Conference USA, including 3-0 so far this season.
Only Seminoles’ Shante Williams and Alicia Gladden have played more than one game in their careers against UCF. They’ve each played two games against the Golden Knights. Gladden has averaged 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds vs. UCF while Williams has averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 steals per game. So far this season vs. Conference USA teams, freshman Jacinta Monroe has averaged a double-double at 14.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game while Britany Miller has led the way with 15.7 points per game vs. Conference USA foes.
A couple members of the UCF program should look familiar to FSU women’s basketball followers. UCF Assistant Coach Lauren Bradley was a four-time letterwinner for the Seminoles from 1999-2004. A four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection, Bradley battled injuries throughout her career but still played in 110 games and averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds her senior season. A team captain her senior year, Bradley led FSU in free throw percentage in both 2003 and 2004.
UCF senior guard and leading scorer Francine Houston was a member of the FSU team in 2002-03 before transferring to UCF. She played in 10 games and averaged 4.1 minutes of play. One of those games was FSU’s 77-47 win over UCF on January 5, 2003. Houston played four minutes and had one rebound. FSU radio play-by-play man Ryan Pensy is a 2002 graduate of UCF and grew up in Orlando.